Dear Editor: Well, despite my Brooklyn birth and growing up in East New York at the then parish of St. Malachy’s, I fully support the South Cove site in Battery Park for the new statue of Mother Cabrini (“Mother Cabrini Statue Will Be Placed in Battery Park,” Dec. 21.)
My reasons are several but among them are: the care of the future statue and area by the Parks’ Department and Battery Park Association; the site and placement of a statue from where the Cabrini Statue can look out to the harbor and clearly see across the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Mother Cabrini would be proud of the Commission’s decision.
Next step of course will be the competition and identification of an appropriate artisan and sculptor. That will surely be a challenge, but the ground rules are now public.
Let me say that in these past few weeks, I have heard from so many people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds, but all have shared encouragement for a statue of Mother Cabrini who is seen by all as a Woman of Faith and concern for young children.
We will do it!
New Hyde Park
Editor’s note: Sciame is president of the Sons of Italy Foundation and National Past President of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA).